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ECN Interviews Ajith Jain About Energy in the Datacenter

November 25, 2013
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ECN Interviews Ajith Jain About Energy in the Datacenter

Ajith Jain, Vicor’s director, global communications and computer unit, was recently interviewed by ECN Magazine about the challenges facing datacenter designers and the trends towards greater power efficiency. Jain covered a number of topics, including the drive to minimize the power consumed by datacenters that is not used by the IT equipment: “By using enhanced power conversion technology to cater to high power CPUs, memory and chipsets, datacenter operators can reduce power conversion losses and hence reduce the cooling requirements, which in turn reduces the total power consumed by the datacenter. This is often...

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Stephen Oliver Explains the Importance of High Voltage DC Distribution

November 13, 2013
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Stephen Oliver Explains the Importance of High Voltage DC Distribution

Stephen Oliver, Vice President at Vicor’s VI Chip division, is presenting a series of webinars about higher voltage DC (HVDC) power distribution. We wanted to find out why he is so passionate about this emerging power technology.

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Maurizio Salato to present two technical papers at INTELEC 2013

October 5, 2013
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Maurizio Salato to present two technical papers at INTELEC 2013

Vicor’s director of systems engineering, Maurizio Salato, will present technical papers discussing 380/400 VDC distribution for telecom and datacenter power applications during INTELEC® 2013. These presentations, which are part of the High Voltage DC technical program, were co-written with other leading power experts from across the industry. The first paper, “380 VDC Ecosystem Development: Present Status and Future Challenges” will be presented with representatives from HP, Universal Electric Corporation, Juniper Networks and Emerson Network Power. Attendees will hear an overview and progress update about the ecosystem development and future direction for 380 VDC distribution...

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Stephen Oliver to present at IEEE Smart Tech Metro Area Workshop, Boston

September 20, 2013
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Stephen Oliver to present at IEEE Smart Tech Metro Area Workshop, Boston

The two-day IEEE Smart Tech Metro Area Workshop for the Boston area offers an interesting range of all-day and half-day sessions around some of the most innovative, impactful technology in the region. The tracks include smart grid, computer technology, life science and biotechnology, robotics, renewable and harvest energy, among others.  To quote the IEEE directly, “Learn first-hand from the field experts. Each workshop is a springboard to a deeper understanding of technology and its myriad applications and potential for innovation.”

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Optimizing for Datacenter Power System Efficiency and Reduced Energy Costs

Optimizing for Datacenter Power System Efficiency and Reduced Energy Costs

There are no sloppy designs in datacenters. To the consumer a datacenter is just another pipe in the cloud, a conduit for their data and experiences.  However, to the industry giants wringing real dollars (in the form of demographic studies, transactional charges, and raw click-based advertising) a datacenter is the backbone of their business operations. Just like the assembly lines of Ford and the coke furnaces of Carnegie, the most efficient (least cost to operate) datacenter provides the greatest set of financial and operational benefits to their owners.

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New white paper: high-voltage DC distribution is key to increased system efficiency and renewable-energy opportunities

August 13, 2013
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New white paper: high-voltage DC distribution is key to increased system efficiency and renewable-energy opportunities

The pressure throughout the energy supply chain to deliver electrical power more efficiently is intense and growing.  Partcularly given the enormous growth in high load applications such as datacenters. The latest white paper from Vicor highlights how a transition to 400 VDC for power transmission and conversion offers tangible and significant benefits for both sourcing options and system performance

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Article: “Advanced ZVS Buck-Boost Converters For Microprocessor Core Power”

August 9, 2013
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Article:  “Advanced ZVS Buck-Boost Converters For Microprocessor Core Power”

Read our recent article in EDN Europe to learn about the challenges faced by power-provision designers in meeting Intel’s VR12 specification.  And at how implementing a discontinuous-conduction-mode, zero-voltage switching buck-boost topology provides the necessary efficiency, power density, and performance.

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